Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 26 (Week of October 2-October 8, 2018)-part 1

Note:
The purpose of this section is to summarize the week in question, it is not meant to give a full statistical analysis of the matches.
We live in a viral age and all that information can be accessed.
I welcome all contributions from anyone, even for the Leagues that I did not cover.

I.  England

Diary:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhytarian will not travel with the squad for their match vs. Qarabag in the Europa league due to tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has called aplayers meeting to improve the club’s performances .  (Source Goal.Com Online)

-Former Romanian International Adrian Mutu has been ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to pay Chelsea 17 Million Euros in compensation for his transfer to Juventus following his drugs ban at Chelsea in 2004.  (Source Football Italia Online)

-According to Tottenham Maanger Mauricio Pocchettino, Lionel Messi nearly joined him at Espanyol on loan in 2005 (when Pocchettino was still a player there).  (Source AS.com Online)

-Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be out for many weeks after being injured over the weekend. (Source Walfoot.be online)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-Manchester United Captain Antonio Valencia has apologized for ‘liking’ a post on instagram that advocated Jose Mourinho to be sacked. (Source BBC Football online)

-Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has vocally called for the sacking of Jose Mourinho and called him an embarassment.  (Source Daily Mail online)

-Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has been reportedly banned from the club from speaking to reporters.  (Source L’Equipe online)

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-England National Team Manager has extended his contract until after the 2022 World Cup. (Source BBC Football online)

-Former Manchetser United star Roy Keane has labeled the current squad as ‘crybabies’ and demanded that they give their all on the pitch. (Source AS.com online)

-Declan Rice was reported to have opted to represent England in place of Republic of Ireland, but others including Repunlic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill suggested it was not definitive. (Source Sky Sports/ RTE Sport online)


-England Manager Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Croatia and Spain. James Maddision, Jadon Sanco and Mason Mount have been called up for the first time. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders
Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (on loan at Derby County from Chelsea), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
Forwards
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford, (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

Friday, October 5, 2018:

-England U-21 Manager Aidy Boothroyd has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Andorra and Scotland. (Source BBC Football online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Southampton), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United)
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, on loan from Chelsea), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Derby County, on loan from Chelsea), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Midfielders: Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion, on loan from Leicester City), Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), Tom Davies (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa, on loan from Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim, on loan from Arsenal), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)

-Newcastle Manager Rafa Benitez has been fined £60,000 , for ‘praising’ referee Andre Marriner in their match vs. Crystal Palace. (Source Daily Mail online)

-Tottenham Manager mauricio Poccheetino expressed his unhappiness about the manner that Belgium Manager Roberto Martinez had revelead Jan Vertonghen’s injury and unavailability. He believes that Martinez might not have all the facts and as such should not have placed a timeframe for his unavailability. (Source The Guardian online)

-Reports emerged that irrespective of Manchester United’s result vs. Newcastle this weekend, Jose Mourinho would be sacked. (Source Sky Sports online)

- Former Manchester United Captain Gary Neville attacked the club hierarchy for their handling of the Mourinho news as well as their general handlig of the club in recent years. He stated they are running the club as if they are playing ‘Football Manager’ (the video game). (Source Sky Sports Online)


Saturday, October 6, 2018:

-Manchester United dismissed reports that Jose Mourinho would be sacked. (Source The Guardian online)

- It was revealed that when German club Hoffenheim signed Roberto Firmino (now at Liverpool) from Brazilian side Figueirense, they did it after viewing doctored footage with sped up video that showed the player fatser. (Source SBNation online)

- Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho stated that there is a “manhunt” and “wickedness” against him.  (Source Sky Sports Online)


Sunday, October 7, 2018:

-Gareth Southgate has called up Brighton’s Lewis Dunk as Burnley defender James Tarkowski is an injury doubt. (Source BBC Football online)

-John Terry has announced his retirement from the game. (Source BBC Football online)

Monday, October 8, 2018:

-Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus stated that he was not happy with Pep Guardiola from being prevented to take the penalty kick in the match vs. Liverpool (that was missed by Riyad Mahrez). Guardiola later stated that he was not aware of Mahrez’s poor record from the spot. Guardiola later apologized to Gabriel Jesus. (Source Sky Sports online)

- Arsenal have announced a new deal with Adidas as their kit manufacturers from the 2019/20 season (Source Sky Sports online)

-Harry Kane has distanced himself from any part in Cardiff’s Joe Ralls’ sending off over the weekend. He had been accused by Cardiff Manager Joe Warnock of playing a part in convincing the referee for the sending off.. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out on the UEFA Nations League, calling it a senseless competition, as he is worried about the abundance of matches played by his players. (Source L’Equipe online)

-The Football Association are to investigate comments made by Jose Mourinho to a TV camera after their match over the weekend. The remarks were in Portuguese and thought to be offensive in nature. (Source BBC Football online)

-Chelsea’s Eden Hazard stated that his dream has been to play for Real Madrid since he was a kid. (Source Marca.com online)

-Luke Shaw (Manchester United) has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury. Ben Chilwell (Leicester) has been called up as his replacement.  (Source Daily Mail online)



Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 October 2, 2018
Bakary Sako (Mali)
Midfielder
Free Agent (formerly Crystal Palace)
WBA
Loan
L’Equipe 





Loan



Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
October 5, 2018
Lewis Dunk
Defender
Brighton
2023
vi.nl
October 5, 2018
Shane Duffy
Defender
Brighton
2023
vi.nl
October 8, 2018
Alfie Whiteman
Goalkeeper
Tottenham
2020
Sky Sports


Profesional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 October 3, 2018
Mason Greenwood
-
Manchester United
Maisfutebol 
 October 8, 2018
Ethan Laird
Defender
Manchester United
L’Equipe

Carabao Cup –Third Round (October 2, 2018):

Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
Everton 1-Southampton 1 (Theo Wlacot 85 / Danny Ings 44)  (Southampton won 4-3 on penalty kick shoot-out)


English Premier League Matchday (October 5-October 7, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Brighton 1-West Ham 0 (Glenn Murray 25)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Burnley 1-Huddersfield 1 (Sam Vokes 20 / C. Schindler 66)
Crystal Palace 0-Wolves 1 (Matt Doherty 56)
Leicester 1-Everton 2 (Ricardo Pereira 40 / Richarlison 7, Gylfi Sigurdsson 77)
Tottenham 1-Cardiff 0 (Eric Dier 8)
Watford 0-Bournemouth 4 (David Brooks 14, Joshua King 33 pen, 45, Callum Wilson 47)
Manchester United 3-Newcastle 2 (Juan Mata 70, Anthony Mattial 76, Alexis Sanchez 90 / Kenedy 7, Yoshinori Muto 10)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Fulham 1-Arsenal 5 (Andre Schurrle 44 / Alexandre Lacazette 29, 49, Aaron Ramsey 67, Pierre-Erick Aubameyang 79, 90)
Southampton 0-Chelsea 3 (Eden Hazard 57, Ross Barkley 57, Alvaro Morata 90)
Liverpool 0-Manchester City 0 (-)


Top Goalscorer:
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 7 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Manchester City
8
6
2
0
21
3
18
20
2
Chelsea
8
6
2
0
18
5
13
20
3
Liverpool
8
6
2
0
15
3
12
20
4
Arsenal
8
6
0
2
19
10
9
18
4
Tottenham
8
6
0
2
15
7
8
18
6
Bournemouth
8
5
1
2
16
12
4
16

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
II.  Italy
Diary:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-Former Brazilian star Kaka may come out of retirement to play for Monza (now owned by Silvio Berlusconi) . (Source Daily Mail online)
Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-Roma’s Justin Kluivert broke two records after scoring in the UCL. At age 19 years and 150 days, he became Roma’s youngest goalscorer in the modern UCL era. He also became the youngest ever Dutch player to score for a foreign club in the UCL. (Source Football Italia online)

-Steaua Bucharest President Gigi Becali described Juventus’ Paulo Dybala as a ‘dwarf.’. (Source Football Italia online)

-Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik was a victim of robbery at gunpoint following the match vs. Liverpool. The robbers on a motorcycle stole his expensive watch. (Source L’Equipe online)


Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-Former Inter President Massimo Moratti has turned down an offer to become the Federation (FIGC) President. (Source Football Italia online)

Friday, October 5, 2018:

-Zlatan Ibrahimovic stated that the reports linking him to a return to AC Milan are rumors. (Source Football Italia online)

-Italy Manager Roberto Mancini has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Ukraine and Poland. (Source Corriere dello Sport online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin). 
Defenders : Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Rome), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan). 
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain). 
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Simone Zaza (Turin).

-Italy U-21 Manager Luigi Di Biagio has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Belgium and Tunisia. (Source Football Italia online)
Squad:
Italy U21 squad to face Belgium and Tunisia: Emil Audero (Sampdoria), Lorenzo Montipo (Benevento), Simone Scuffet (Udinese); Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Alessandro Bastoni (Parma), Davide Calabria (Milan), Sebastiano Luperto (Napoli), Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta), Luca Pellegrini (Roma); Giuseppe Pezzella (Udinese), Filippo Romagna (Cagliari); Gaetano Castrovilli (Cremonese), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo); Rolando Mandragora (Udinese), Alessandro Murgia (Lazio), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Luca Valzania (Atalanta), Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma); Federico Bonazzoli (Padova), Simone Edera (Torino), Andrea Favilli (Genoa), Moise Kean (Juventus), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna), Vittorio Parigini (Torino), Luca Vido (Perugia)

-As new owner of Monza, Silvio Berlusconi stated that “there won’t be any more beards or tattoos”. (Source Calciomercato  online)
Saturday, October 6, 2018:

-Italy Manager Roberto Mancini has reportedly asked Napoli’s Brazilian midfielder Allan toopt fot Italian Nationality . (Source Football Italia online)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

-Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek scored in his seventh consecutive match, tying Gabriel Batistuta’s record from 1994/95. (Source BBC Football online)

Monday, October 8, 2018:

-Alessio Romagnoli, Patrick Cutrone and Danileo D’Ambrosio have withdrawn from the Italy squad due to injuries. Lorenzo Tonelli (Sampdoria) and Cristiano Piccini (Valencia) have been called up as a replacement . (Source L’Equipe / Calciomercato / Football Italia online)

-Lorenzo D’Anna is set to be fired as Chievo Manager . (Source Football Italia online)

-Italy Manager Roberto Mancini stated that the absences of Mario Balotelli and Belotti are due to technical reasons and form, they are both still part of the group. He also denied of the possible call-up of the Brazilian-born Allan, saying nothing has been discussed. (Source Corriere dello Sport online)



Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
October 6, 2018 
Antonio Cassano 
Striker
Free Agent
Virtus Entella
Purchase
Sportskeeda.com



Italian Serie A Matchday (October 5-October 8, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Torino 3-Frosinone 2 (Tomas Rincon 20, Daniele Baselli 46, Alex Berenguer 71 / Edoardo Goldaniga 58, Camillo Ciano 64)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Cagliari 2-Bologna 0 (Joa Pedro 22, Leonardo Pavoletti 68)
Udinese 0-Juventus 2 (Rodrigo Betancur 33, Cristiano Ronaldo 37)
Empoli 0-Roma 2 (Steven Nzonci 36, Edin Dzeko 85)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Genoa 1-Parma 3 (Krzysztof Piatek 6 / Luca Rigoni 16, Luca Siligardi 26, Fabio Ceravolo 30)
AC Milan 3-Chievo 1 (Gonzalo Higuain 27, 34, G.Bonaventura 56 / Sergio Pellissier 63)
Atalanta 0-Sampdoria 1 (Lorenzo Tonelli 76)
Lazio 1-Fiorentina 0 (Ciro Immobile 37)
Napoli 2-Sassuolo 0 (Adam Ounas 3, Lorenzo Insigne 72)
SPAL 1-Inter 2 (Alberto Paloschi 72 / Mauro Icardi 14, 78)


Top Goalscorer:
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa) 9 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Juventus
8
8
0
0
18
5
13
24
2
Napoli
8
6
0
2
15
10
5
18
4
Inter
8
5
1
2
12
6
6
16
6
Lazio
8
5
0
3
11
9
2
15
3
Sampdoria
8
4
2
2
12
   4
8
14
5
Roma
8
4
2
2
16
10
6
14


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

III.  Spain

Diary:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-Spain Manager Luis Enrique has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. England and Wales. (Source Walfoot.be online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Kepa (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Betis), David De Gea (Manchester United)
Defenders : José Gaya (FC Valence), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Raul Albiol (Naples), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marc Bartra (Betis), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jonny (Wolverhampton)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelone), Rodri (Atlético de Madrid), Koke (Atlético de Madrid), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Saul Ñiguez (Atlético de Madrid)
Strikers: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Rodrigo (FC Valence), Suso (AC Milan), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund)

Friday, October 5, 2018:

-Iker Casillas has apparently contacted National Team Manager Luis Enrique and indicated his availability for the National Team. (Source AS.com online)

-Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was once again voted as the UCL player of the week. (Source Maisfutebol online)
 Saturday, October 6, 2018:

-Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos has come out against the firing of Manager Julen Lopetegui. (Source AS.com online)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

-


Monday, October 8, 2018:

-Barcelona’s Gerard Pique claimed there are people ‘hoping that things don’t go well for me’ and that ‘they should come out of their caves and enjoy the sun’. (Source Marca.com online)


Photo From: L'equipe, September 3, 2018


Spanish La Liga Matchday (October 5-October 8, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Bilbao 1-Socieadad 3 (Iker Muniain 32 / Mikel Oyarzabal 30 pen, 74 pen, L.Sangalli Fuentes 47)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Girona 2-Eibar 3 (Cristhian Stuani 40, 42 / Charles 12 pen, Anaitz Arbilla 45, Sergi Enrich 72)
Getafe 0-Levante 1 (Enis Bardhi 60)
Alaves 1-Real Madrid 0 (Manu Garcia 90+5)
Leganes 1-Rayo Vallecano 0 (Guido Carillo 14)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Valladolid 1-Huesca 0 (Ruben Alcaraz 28)
Atletico Madrid 1-Betis 0 (Angel Correa 74)
Espanyol 3-Villareal 1 (Hernan Perez 7, Sergi Darder 79, Pablo Piatti 90 / Karl Toko Ekambi 45)
Sevilla 2-Celta 1 (Pablo Sarabia 39, Wissam Ben Yedder 61 / Sofiane Boufal 85)
Valencia 1-Barcelona 1 (Ezequiel Garay 2 / Lionel Messi 23)

Top Goalscorer:
Cristhian Stuani (Girona) 8 goals
Andre Silva (Sevilla) 7 goals
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 6 goals
Iago Aspas (Celta) 5 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Sevilla
8
5
1
2
18
8
10
16
2
Barcelona
8
4
3
1
19
9
10
15
3
Atletico Madrid
8
4
3
1
9
4
5
15
4
Real Madrid
8
4
2
2
12
7
5
14
5
Espanyol
8
4
2
2
11
7
4
14
6
Alaves
8
4
2
2
11
8
3
14

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point



IV.  Germany
Diary:


Tuesday, October 2, 2018:

-

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-

Friday, October 5, 2018:

-Germany Manager Joachim Low has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Holland and France. (Source L’Equipe online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelone), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Francfort)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (FC Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Thilo Kehrer (PSG), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea FC), Nico Schulz (TSG Hoffenheim), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders/Strikers: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (PSG), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Leroy Sané (Manchester City), Mark Uth (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Schalke 04), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

-Germany U-21 Manager Stefan Kuntz has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Norway and Republic of Ireland. (Source Kicker.de online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Florian Müller (Mainz), Moritz Nicolas (Mönchengladbach), Alexander Nübel (Schalke)
Defenders: Waldemar Anton (Hannover), Timo Baumgartl (Stuttgart), Benjamin Henrichs (Monaco), Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), Maximilian Mittelstädt (Hertha BSC), Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen), Felix Uduokhai (Wolfsburg)
Midfielders: Maximilian Eggestein (Bremen), Marcel Hartel (Union Berlin), Eduard Löwen (Nuremberg), Arne Maier (Hertha BSC), Florian Neuhaus (Mönchengladbach), Philipp Ochs (Aalborg), Levin Öztunali (Mainz), Suat Serdar (Schalke ), Luca Waldschmidt (Freiburg)
Strikers: Marco Richter (Augsburg), Abdelhamid Sabiri (Huddersfield) Janni Serra (Kiel), Cedric Teuchert (Schalke)

-There are reports that James Rodriguez in a fit of rage in the dressing room said that he wanted to leave Bayern Muncih, as he has not seen much playing time in the last few weeks. He apparently shouted “we’re not in Frankfurt”, referecing Bayern Munich Manager Nico Kovac’s former club. (Source AS.com online)


Saturday, October 6, 2018:

-

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

- Mainz were fined 10,000 Euros for the misbehavior of its fans . (Source Sport Bild online)
- Tayfun Korkut was dismissed as Stuttgart Manager, Andreas Hinkel will serve in interim basis . (Source Reuters UK online)

- Marco Reus (Dortmund) withdrew from the Germany squad as a precaution due to his knee problems . (Source Kicker.de online)


Monday, October 8, 2018:
- Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger have withdrawn from the Germany squad due to injuries. Emre Can (Juventus) has been called up as a replacement . (Source L’Equipe online)


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
October 2, 2018
Jordan Sancho (England)
-
Dortmund
2022
Kicker.de




German Bundesliga Matchday (October 5-October 7, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Werder Bremen 2-Wolfsburg 0 (Davy Klaassen 35, Johannes Eggestein 86)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Mainz 0-Hertha Berlin 0 (-)
Dortmund 4-Augsburg 3 (Paco Alcacer 62, 80, 90, Mario Goetze 84 / Alfred Finnbogasson 22, Philipp Max 71, Michael Gregoritsch 87)
Dusseldorf 0-Schalke 2 (Weston McKennie 47, Guido Burgstaller 53)
Hannover 3-Stuttgart 1  (Bobby Wood 30, 45, Ihlas Bebou 90 / Mario Gomez 50)
Bayern Munich 0-Moenchengladbach 3 (Alassane Plea 10, Lars Stindl 16, Patrick Herrmann 88)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Freiburg 0-Leverkusen 0 (-)
Hoffenheim 1-Frankfurt 2 (Reiss Nelson 82 / Ante Rebic 40, Luka Jovic 46)
RB Leipzig 3-Nuremberg 0 (Kevin Kampl 3, Yussuf Poulsen 7, Marcel Sabitzer 21, 55, Timo Werner 32, 59)


Top Goalscorer:
Paco Alcacer (Dortmund) 6 goals
Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin) 5 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Dortmund
7
5
2
0
23
8
15
17
2
RB Leipzig
7
4
2
1
16
9
7
14
3
M’Gladbach
7
4
2
1
15
9
6
14
4
Werder Bremen
7
4
2
1
13
8
5
14
5
Hertha Berlin
7
4
2
1
12
7
5
14
6
Bayern Munich
7
4
1
2
12
8
4
13

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
V.  France
Diary:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018:

- Miguel Cardoso has been dismissed as Nantes Manager. He is replaced by Bosnian Manager and former Nantes player Vahid Halilhodzic. (Source L’Equipe online)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-
Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-France Manager Didier Deschamps has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Germany and Iceland. (Source L’Equipe online)
Squad:
Goalkeepeers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (OM), Alphonse Areola (PSG).
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Djibril Sidibé (Monaco), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Kurt Zouma (Everton), Lucas Hernandez (Atlético de Madrid), Lucas Digne (Everton).
Midfielders : Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus Turin), N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Steven N'Zonzi (AS Rome), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid)
Strikers: Ousmane Dembélé (Barça), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Florian Thauvin (OM)

Friday, October 5, 2018:

-

Saturday, October 6, 2018:

-

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

-
Monday, October 8, 2018:

-Nabil Fekir (Lyon) has withdrawn from the France squad due to injury. Dimitri Payet (OM) has been called up as a replacement. (Source L’Equipe online)


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
October 3, 2018
Virgile Pinson
Striker
Reims
2021
L’Equipe



French Ligue 1 Matchday (October 5-October 7, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Toulouse 1-Nice 1 (Matthieu Dossevi 54 / Bassem Srarfi 29)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Lille 3-St Etienne 1 (Jonatahn Bamba 17, 46, Nicolas Pepe 85 / Remy Cabella 26 pen)
Guingamp 1-Montpellier 1 (Nicolas Benezet 64 / Andy Delort 30)
Nimes 0-Reims 0 (-)
Amiens 1-Dijon 0 (Saman Ghoddos 39)
Angers 2-Strasbourg 2 (Pierrick Capelle 58, Romain Thomas 90 / Lebo Mothiba 2, 40)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Bordeaux 3-Nantes 0 (Yann Karamoh 5, Francois Kamano 7,42 pen)
Monaco 1-Rennes 2 (Radamel Falcao 49 / Damien Da Silva 14, Hatem Ben Arfa 77)
OM 2-Caen 0  (Kostas Mitroglou 36, Florian Thauvin 45)
PSG 5 –Lyon 0 (Neymar 9 pen, Kylian Mbappe 61, 66, 69, 74)

Top Goalscorer:
Neymar (PSG) 8 goals
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 8 goals



Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
9
9
0
0
32
6
26
27
2
Lille
9
5
2
2
16
7
9
19
3
Marseille
9
5
1
3
21
16
5
16
4
Montpellier
9
4
4
1
12
7
5
16
5
St Etienne
9
4
3
2
11
12
-1
15
6
Lyon
9
4
2
3
14
12
2
14


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


VI.  Holland
Diary:


Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-

Friday, October 5, 2018:

-Holland Manager Ronald Koeman has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Germany and Belgium. (Source RTBF.be online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ), Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona) et Jeroen Zoet (PSV)
Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace/Ang), Nathan Aké (Bournemouth/Ang), Daley Blind (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Ang), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta/Ita), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) et Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan/Ita)
Midfielders: Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax), Davy Pröpper (Brighton/Ang), Marten de Roon (Atalanta/Ita), Pablo Rosario (PSV), Kevin Strootman (Marseille/Fra), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord) et Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool/Ang)
Strikers: Ryan Babel (Besiktas/Tur), Steven Bergwijn (PSV), Memphis Depay (Lyon/Fra), Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Club Bruges/BEL), Luuk de Jong (PSV) et Quincy Promes (Séville/Esp).

-Robin van Persie (Feyenorod)’s red card was rescinded on appeal. His Manager Giovanni van Bronckhurst was confident that the appeal was justified and normal, while Vitesse Manager, the Russian Leond Slutsky was amazed by the acquittal. He found  it also unfair that his player Thomas Bruns has to serve a two-match ban while van Persie none, after both sent off in the martch between the teams. (Source vi.nl / voetbalzone online)

-Holland U-21 Manager Erwin van de Looi has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Latvia and Ukraine. (Source vi.nl online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Indy Groothuizen (ADO Den Haag), Yanick van Osch (PSV), Maarten Paes (FC Utrecht).
Defenders: Kevin Diks (Fiorentina), Jeremiah St. Juste (Feyenoord), Perr Schuurs (Ajax), Justin Hoogma (1899 Hoffenheim), Rick van Drongelen (Hamburger SV), Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord).
Midfielders: Carel Eiting (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ), Bart Ramselaar (PSV), Michel Vlap (SC Heerenveen), Ferdi Kadioglu (Fenerbahçe).
Strikers: Javairo Dilrosun (Hertha BSC), Oussama Idrissi (AZ), Justin Kluivert (AS Roma), Donyell Malen (PSV), Richairo Zivkovic (KV Oostende), Sam Lammers (SC Heerenveen).

-AZ Manager John van den Brom stated that it was “outrageous” tat AZ captain Guss Til was not selected by Erwin van de Looi for the U-21 squad, as well as the absence of Thomas Ouwejan . (Source Voetbalzone online)

-Sydney van Hooidonk, son of Pierre, made his debut for NAC in the Eredivisie. He is 18 years old . (Source @FootballOranje online)


Saturday, October 6, 2018:
-

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
-

Monday, October 8, 2018:
-Davy Propper and Ruud Vormer have withdrawn from the Holland squad due to injuries (No replacements will be called up). (Source Walfoot.be online)


Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (October 6-October 7, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Utrecht 2-NAC 1 (Simon Gustafson 45 pen, 49 / Mikhail Rosheuvel 65)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Den Haag 1-Groningen 0 (Elson Hooi 32)
PEC 2-Excelsior 0  (Mike Van Duinen 23, Thomas Lam 55)
PSV Eindhoven 4-VVV 0 (Hirving Lozano 34, 90 pen, Luuk De Jong 64, Erick Gutierrez 87)
De Graafschap 0-Heerenveen 5  (Sam Lammers 25, 28, Michel Vlap 36, 40, Jizz Hornkamp 88)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Emmen 3-Fortuna Sittard 3 (Wessel Dammers (own goal) 37, Jafar Arias 65, Alexander Bannink 73 / Lisandro Semedo 70, Finn Stokkers 80, Jose Roderiguez 90)
Vitesse 4-Heracles 0 (Navarone Foor 11, Oussama Darfalou 42, 66, Alexander Buttner 73 pen)
Willem II 1-Feyenoord 1 (Fran Sol 85 / Steven Berghuis 73 pen)
Ajax 5-AZ 0 (Donny Van de Beek 3, Kasper Dollberg 48, Ricardo van Rhijn (own goal) 52, Klaas Jan Huntelaar 67, Dusan Tadic 84)

Top Goalscorer:
Kristofefer Petersen (Heracles) 8 goals
Fran Sol (Willem II) 8 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSV Eindhoven
8
8
0
0
30
3
27
24
2
Ajax
8
6
1
1
22
5
17
19
3
Feyenoord
8
5
2
1
17
10
7
17
4
Heracles
8
5
1
2
19
18
1
16
6
Vitesse
8
3
3
2
14
9
5
12
5
AZ
8
3
3
2
17
13
4
12

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


VII.  Scotland
Diary:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-
Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-
Friday, October 5, 2018:

-

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
-

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

-

Monday, October 8, 2018:
-Robbie Neilson is set to become the new Manager of Dundee United. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) has withdrawn from the Scotland squad to work on his fitness. (Source Sky Sports online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 October 8, 2018
Jack Aitchison
-
Dumbarton
Celtic
Returned from his loan until January that was cut short
Sportslens



Scottish Premier League Matchday (October 5-October 6, 2018):
Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Aberdeen 4-St Mirren 1  (Sam Cosgrove 26, 65, Connor McLennan 30, Max Lowe 41 / Simoen Jackson 76)
Dundee 1-Kilmarnock 2  (Adil Nabi 10 / Andrw Boyle (own goal) 17, Eamonn Brophy 54 pen)
Hibernian 6-Hamilton 0 (Martin Boyle 25, Stephen Mallan 34, 71, Emerson Hyndman 39, Florian Kamberi 90, Matthew Kilgallon (own goal) 90)
Motherwell 1-Livingston 1 (Ryan Bowman 17 / Keaghan Jacobs 64)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Rangers 3-Hearts 1 (Ryan Kent 3, Alfredo Morelos 12, Scott Arfield 32 / Jimmy Dunne 67)
St Johnstone 0-Celtic 6  (James Forrest 15, 30, 38, 44, Odsonne Edouard 22, Callum McGregor 84)

Top Goalscorer:
Steven Naismith (Hearts) 5 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Hearts
8
6
1
1
14
6
8
19
2
Hibernian
8
5
2
1
19
6
13
17
3
Celtic
8
5
1
2
13
4
9
16
4
Kilmarnock
8
5
1
2
13
7
6
16
5
Livingston
8
4
3
1
8
5
3
15
6
Rangers
8
4
2
2
18
8
10
14
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
VIII.  Portugal

Diary:


Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:
-

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-Portugal Manager Fernando Santos has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Poland and Scotland. Cristiano Ronaldo has once again been left off the squad to concentrate with Juventus. (Source Football Italia online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Beto [Goztepe], Claudio Ramos [Tondela], Rui Patricio [Wolverhampton Wanderers]
Defenders: Cedric Soares [Southampton], Joao Cancelo [Juventus], Kevin Rodrigues [Real Sociedad], Luis Neto [Zenit St. Petersburg], Mario Rui [Napoli], Pedro Mendes [Montpellier], Pepe [Besiktas], Ruben Dias [Benfica]
Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes [Sporting Lisbon], Danilo Pereira [Porto], Gedson Fernandes [Benfica], Pizzi [Benfica], Renato Sanches [Bayern Munich], Ruben Neves [Wolverhampton Wanderers], Sergio Oliveira [Porto], William Carvalho [Real Betis]
Forwards: Andre Silva [Sevilla], Bernardo Silva [Manchester City], Bruma [RB Leipzig], Eder [Lokomotiv Moscow], Goncalo Guedes [Valencia], Helder Costa [Wolverhampton Wanderers]


-Portugal U-21 Manager Rui Jorge has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Liechtenstein. (Source Maisfutebol online)
Goalkeepers: João Virgínia (Everton FC) e Joel Pereira (Vitória FC);
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United FC), Diogo Leite (FC Porto), Fernando Fonseca (FC Porto), Ferro (SL Benfica), Ivanildo Fernandes (Moreirense FC), Jorge Fernandes (CD Tondela), Pedro Amaral (SL Benfica), Rùben Vinagre (Wolverhampton) e Yuri Ribeiro (SL Benfica);
Midfielders: André Horta (Los Angeles FC), João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest FC), João Félix (SL Benfica), Pereira Lage (Clermont Foot), Pêpê (Vitória SC) e Stephen Eustáquio (GD Chaves);
Strikers: Bruno Costa (FC Porto), Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest FC), Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest FC), Heriberto Tavares (Moreirense FC) e Jota (SL Benfica).



Friday, October 5, 2018:

-

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
-

Sunday, October 7, 2018:

-Sporting CP’s Sebastian Coates saved the life of goalkeeper Romain Salin in their match vs. Portimonense. After he collided with the post, Coates prevented him from swallowing his own tongue . (Source Sport Bible online)


Monday, October 8, 2018:
-Goncalo Guedes has withdrawn from the Portugal squad due to injury. Rafa Silva (Benfica) has been called up as a replacement. (Source L’Equipe online)


Portugal Primeira Liga League Matchday (October 5-October 7, 2018):
Friday, October 5, 2018:
Tondela 1-Nacional 1 (David Bruno 62 / Kalindi 65)
Santa Clara 1-Chaves 0 (Fernando Andrade 73)
Feirense 0-Belenensses 0 (-)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Setubal 3-Moreirense 0 (Hildeberto Pereira 35, 71 pen, 85)
Maritimo 1-Guimaraes 3 (Jorge Correa 90 / Alexandre Guedes 11, 68, Andre Andre 80 pen)
Braga 1-Rio Ave 1 (Ricrado Horta 28 / Gelson Dala 34)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Boavista 1-Aves 0 (Bruno Gomes (own goal) 71)
Benfica 1-Porto 0 (Haris Seferovic 62)
Portimonense 4-Sporting CP 2 (Wilson Manafa 30, Shoya Nakajima 44, 82, Joao Carlos 90 / Fredy Montero 63, Sebastian Coates 88)

Top Goalscorer:
Dyego Sousa (Braga) 5 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Benfica
7
5
2
0
15
5
10
17
2
Braga
7
5
2
0
16
7
9
17
3
Porto
7
5
0
2
16
6
10
15
4
Rio Ave
7
4
2
1
12
8
4
14
5
Sporting CP
7
4
1
2
11
8
3
13
6
Santa Clara
7
3
2
2
14
11
3
11

IX.  Belgium
Diary:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018:
-Anderlecht are to appeal the disciplinary judgement against Alexis Saelemaekers sent off in their Belgian Cup match last week. The proposed punishment is 4 matches and 4,000 Euros fine. (Source RTBF.be online)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

-Cristian Ceballos (St Truiden) has received a three match ban (one suspended) and a fine of 2,500 Euros. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Anderlecht Manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck has met with a delegation of Supporters Groups to air out any grievances. (Source Jupiter League App online)
Thursday, October 4, 2018:

-

Friday, October 5, 2018:
-Belgium Manager Roberto Martinez has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Switzerland and Holland. (Source RTBF.be online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers :
Thibaut 
COURTOIS (Real Madrid)
Simon 
MIGNOLET (Liverpool)
Koen 
CASTEELS (Wolfsburg)
Matz 
SELS (Strasbourg)
Defenders :
Toby 
ALDERWEIRELD (Tottenham)
Dedryck 
BOYATA (Celtic Glasgow)
Jason 
DENAYER (Lyon)
Christian 
KABASELE (Watford)
Vincent 
KOMPANY (Manchester City)
Brandon 
MECHELE (FC Bruges)
Thomas 
VERMAELEN (Barcelone)

Midfielders :
Yannick 
CARRASCO (Dalian Yifang)
Timothy 
CASTAGNE (Atalanta Bergame)
Nacer 
CHADLI (AS Monaco)
Marouane 
FELLAINI (Manchester United)
Thorgan 
HAZARD (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Thomas 
MEUNIER (PSG)
Dennis 
PRAET (Sampdoria Gênes)
Youri 
TIELEMANS (AS Monaco)
Hans 
VANAKEN (FC Bruges)
Axel 
WITSEL (Borussia Dortmund)

Strikers:
Eden 
HAZARD (Chelsea)
Dries 
MERTENS (Naples)
Michy 
BATSHUAYI (Valence)
Romelu 
LUKAKU (Manchester United)
Leandro 
TROSSARD (KRC Genk)

-Belgium Manager Roberto Martinez commented on the non-selection of Leon Dendoncker. He explained that it was due to his lack of playing time at his club Wolves. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Belgium U-21 Manager Johann Walem has named his squad for the upcoming matches vs. Italy and Sweden. (Source RTBF.be online)
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ortwin De Wolf (Lokeren), Nordin Jackers (Genk), Jens Teunckens (Antwerp)
Defenders: Mathias Bossaerts (NEC Nimègues), Rocky Bushiri (Eupen), Dion Cools (Club Bruges), Casper De Norre (Saint-Trond), Wout Faes (Ostende), Alexis Saelemaekers (Anderlecht), Jur Schryvers (Waasland-Beveren), Zinho Vanheusden (Standard), Dries Wouters (Genk)
Midfielders: Samuel Bastien (Standard), Alexis De Sart (Saint-Trond), Bryan Heynen (Genk), Stéphane Oméonga (Gênes/Ita), Jordi Vanlerberghe (Ostende)
Strikers: Landry Dimata (Anderlecht), Aaron Leya Iseka (Toulouse), Dodi Lukebakio (Fortuna Düsseldorf/All), Isaac Mbenza (Huddersfield/Ang), Julien Ngoy (Grasshopper Zurich/Sui), Siebe Schrijvers (Club Bruges).


Saturday, October 6, 2018:

-Leandro Trossard (Genk) has withdrawn form the National squad due to a shoulder injury. (Source Jupiter League App online)

Sunday, October 7, 2018:
-

Monday, October 8, 2018:

-Yves Vanderhaeghe has been dismissed as Gent Manager. (Source RTBF.be online)




First Division A League Matchday (October 5-October 7, 2018):

Friday, October 5, 2018:
Cercle Brugge 2-Charleroi 1 (Dylan De Belder 31, Martos (own goal) 48 / Victor Osimhen 32)

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
Eupen 1-Antwerp 2 (Mamadou fall 38 / Lior Refaelov 69, Ivo Rodrigues 74)
Lokeren 1-Kortrijk 3 (Marko Miric 14 / Kristof D’Haene 58, Felipe Avenatti 73, Idir Ouali 90)
St Truiden 3-Mouscron 1 (Jordan Botaka 27 pen, Yohan Boli 84, Wataru Endo 90 pen / Bruno Godeau 43)
Waasland-Beveren 1-Ostend 1 (Milan Massop 80 / Fernando Canesin 51)
Sunday, October 7, 2018:
Zulte-Waregem 1-Anderlecht 2 (Thomas Buffel 90 / Zakaria Bakkali 44, Pieter Gerkens 78)
Standard Liege 3-Club Brugge 1 (M.Carcela Gonzalez 37, Renaud Emond 62, Razvan Marin 79 / Christian Luyindama (own goal) 67)
Gent 1-Genk 5 (Dylan Bronn 40 / Mbwana Samatta 17, Joseph Paintsil 19, 73, Dieumerci Ndongala 27, Ruslan Malinovskiy 67)
Top Goalscorer:
Ivan Santini (Anderlecht) 8 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Genk
10
8
2
0
31
10
21
26
2
Club Brugge
10
8
1
1
28
10
18
25
3
Anderlecht
10
6
2
2
19
10
10
20
4
Antwerp
10
5
4
1
14
8
6
19
5
Standard Liege
10
5
3
2
17
10
7
18
6
St Truiden
10
4
5
1
14
9
5
17

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

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